1. Egg retrieval:
Before the egg retrieval procedure, it is a good idea to have a light breakfast without milk products.
Egg donors should turn up at the agreed time (normally between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.) and can expect to be in the clinic for about 1–2 hours.
If you are on you own, we encourage you to bring someone with you as you will not be able to drive due to the medicine we give you during the egg retrieval procedure as well as the medicine specified below.
Just before the egg retrieval procedure, the nurse will insert a small plastic needle (Venflon) into a blood vessel, and the doctor and a bioanalyst will check that your name and personal identification number match. The nurse will administer a painkiller while at the same time the doctor will apply local anaesthetic to the vaginal wall.
You will be slightly drowsy but conscious the whole time. Your pulse and blood pressure will be monitored throughout the procedure.
3. The actual egg retrieval:
During the actual egg retrieval, a thin needle is passed through the vagina under ultrasound guidance to the ovaries. The individual follicles are drained of fluid and the eggs are aspirated.
We try to empty all the follicles, and we will tell you immediately if we have found eggs. All follicles do not always contain eggs. Using a microscope, the bioanalyst will find eggs in the fluid that was aspirated. You may be able to follow what is happening during the procedure on the ultrasound screen.
If you have brought a companion, they are welcome to sit with your while the procedure is taking place.
The actual egg retrieval normally takes 10–20 minutes. Following the procedure, you can rest for about an hour in the clinic. We recommend that you take it easy at home for the rest of the day. You may experience mild vaginal bleeding over the next few days (like a light period). This bleeding is as a result of needle sticks in the vagina, not from your womb. You may also have pain, which can be relieved with Pinex. You must have someone to bring you home, as you must not drive for the next 24 hours and ideally you should not be on your own for the rest of the day. You may have slight discomfort for up to a week after the procedure.